Lighten Up Lancaster County Presents Well Workplace Awards
Beth Schwartz, LULC | 06.11.14
Honoring Healthy Initiatives in Local Business
Healthcare reform has put a lot of pressure on businesses to take on more responsibility in monitoring and promoting employee health. The Lighten Up Lancaster County Coalition calls on businesses to promote health, not simply to reduce healthcare spending, but because it recognizes the workplace as a critical microenvironment that can largely influence on one's health.
By providing employees with programming and resources they need to make healthy choices, a business can encourage its workforce to improve or maintain healthy lifestyles. Each business has different capabilities when it comes to what they can offer their employees. Options may include healthier food and beverages offerings, lunchtime fitness or meditation classes-- even a simple walking club can boost morale and ingrain healthful habits among employees.
Since 2010, the Lighten Up Lancaster County Coalition (LULC) has been presenting Well Workplace Awards in order to highlight companies within the Lancaster community that are prioritizing the health of their employees and creating innovative programming around wellness. Lighten Up Lancaster County, the Lancaster County Business Group on Health (LCBGH), the Lancaster Health Improvement Partnership (LHIP) and the Tobacco-Free Coalition partnered to present the awards at the annual Lancaster Health Summit on May 29th, 2014. Well Workplace Award winners were evaluated using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Worksite Health Scorecard, which assesses efforts in twelve different areas of wellness including physical activity, nutrition, weight management, stress management, tobacco control and high blood pressure. In addition, this year’s Innovation Award was presented to a workplace that demonstrated leadership in addressing mental health among employees, the topic of this year’s Summit.
The awards are divided into categories by score (bronze, silver, gold, platinum) and by size (greater or less than 250 employees) to account for the differential in resources between larger and smaller companies.
The 2014 platinum, gold and innovation winners are:
- Precision Medical Products- Gold Award for small businesses
- High Company, LLC - Gold Award for large businesses
- Dutchland, Inc. - Platinum Award for small businesses
- Lancaster General Health - Platinum Award for large businesses
- Herr’s Foods – Innovation in Mental Health
Applications for 2015 will be available as of next month. They may be accessed and more information can be found at www.LightenUpLancaster.org. The Well Workplace Awards are made possible through the resources of Lancaster General Health, Lancaster County Business Group on Health and Lancaster Health Improvement Partnership. If you have any questions please contact Beth Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org
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